Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is Set to Take You as Close to War as You'll Ever Want to Get.
"...we need more games like this... Tom Price, TeamXBox.com
|Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising is set to take you as close to war as you'll ever want to get. In a FPS (first-person shooter) that recreates the brutal reality of the modern combat experience in stunning detail, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising challenges you to survive the chaos and rapidly evolving situations of modern warfare in a new contemporary theatre.|
Players will experience the intensity, diversity and claustrophobia of a present-day conflict from the unique perspectives of an infantry marine and a Special Forces officer, each engaged against the full force of the Chinese PLA on the huge open-world island of Skira.
"...positively sublime. Thierry Nguyen, 1Up.com
IGN.com 7 of 10
The squad medic lies moaning, bleeding out halfway back down the hill. Do you risk crawling the twenty metres on your belly to administer a field dressing? Dilemmas of choice are what sets Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising apart from the current glut of other first-person modern war fare...If you crawl back, you could wind up a target yourself. So do you call in your only howitzer strike against the machine gunners and riflemen pinning down your squad? It's a valuable resource, and even if you use it, your medic might be dead by the time you can get to him. Perhaps it's better to just make a panicked sprint for the trees while your squaddies lay down covering fire, to try and flank the entrenched enemy positions and then move on, leaving you without a medic mid-assault?...Oddly for this type of game, you don't have any choice in terms of the weaponry you tote or even the specialists your squad is made up of. But while the load-out system may be stripped down in comparison to some military shooters, once you're out in the wild, Operation Flashpoint 2 shines. Tasked with flushing out a village you can choose all sorts of different approaches to your attack; your squad and enemy troops will adapt their tactics to the changing situation. The AI in these moments is often stunning ? with both sides efficiently flanking, laying down covering fire, lobbing grenades etc. without much intervention from you...Far slower, more strategic and more realistic than most modern war shooters ? Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising is fairly sure to find an appreciative audience. At its best, it's nerve-janglingly tense as you plot and then implement the next firefight ? where decisions you make have very serious consequences. But be warned, it's not a game that gently welcomes those more used to running-and-gunning, and even for the hardcore, there are serious problems with awkward command menus for your squad and bland missions at the top of the list of minus points. Online, with friends, Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising really shows off its best side ? and the game is probably best played through co-operatively. If you like playing co-op, or you don't mind trading moments of frustration for a smarter, slower war experience, this is recommended.
- Simon Munk